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Until 2019 IHSA Nationals took place the scoring system at all IHSA shows had been the same: First place equaled seven points, second place five points, third four, etc. However at 2019 Nationals the scoring changed so that all teams would earn at least a half point for placing in a team class (this scoring system will only apply at Nationals, at least for now). First became ten points, second nine points, third eight, fourth seven, etc. If you placed tenth in a team class you received a half point, which no one in the history of the IHSA could say was theirs until Elisa Palmier of Sacred Heart University (pictured) was tenth in team novice over fences at Nationals last May 2nd. From Wellesley, Massachusetts, Palmier's half point was also the first time Sacred Heart appeared on the scoreboard at an IHSA Nationals event, as 2018-19 marked the first time the Pioneers survived Zones to send a full hunter seat team to Nationals. Sacred Heart would finish tenth overall at Nationals with a total of 15 and a half points.


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From Mystic, Connecticut, Katherine Aristi of the University of Connecticut was the only Region 5 undergraduate rider not from Sacred Heart University to compete at 2019 IHSA Nationals. Aristi is seen here after placing second in individual walk-trot at Zone 1 Zones in South Hadley, Massachusetts last April 6th to secure a ride at Nationals in Syracuse, New York nearly a month later. Since Region 5 was formed in mid-2010 the Huskies have finished either first or second in the hunter seat team standings all nine seasons.
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University of Connecticut head coach Alena Meacham (on left) got to coach Aristi at Nationals on May 3rd and Emilie Hernandez on May 4th and 5th. Meacham is one of a small number of IHSA head coaches who coaches both her hunter seat and western teams. From Portland, Connecticut, Hernandez (on right) was the region's top open western rider in 2018-19 and thus was entered at Nationals in the individual AQHA High Point Open Rider competition. Hernandez completed her senior year by placing tenth out of nearly 25 entries in the individual High Point on May 5th in Syracuse, New York.
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IHSA Nationals is a gathering point for riders from all over the country and more than a few reunions take place annually. On May 4th Virginia Intermont College graduate Stephanie Harnois (on left) ran into her former head coach Eddie Federwisch (on right). Federwisch is now the director of riding at Savannah College of Art and Design while the French-Canadian Harnois was at the Exposition Center in Syracuse to compete in the Alumni Fences. Harnois had won the division at Zones on April 6th and placed sixth in the division on May 4th with a combined Judge's score of "76."
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No one will be able to steal their jackets and get away with it! Fairfield University head coach Naomi Gauruder (center) sees to it that the first and last names of her riders are stitched into their jackets when they are ordered. Courtney Campbell (on left) and Alyx Podgurski (on right) competed at 2019 Zone 1 Zones for the Stags. Podgurski was ninth in individual intermediate over fences while Campbell just missed going to Nationals with a third in individual intermediate on the flat. Since Fairfield joined the IHSA in the early 1990's Gauruder is their second-longest tenured head coach, having been at the helm since at least the fall of 2011 (Lisa Bailey coached the team for over a decade in the early 1990's until 2005).
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This photo is an oldie, dating back to a show at Windcrest Farm in Hebron, Connecticut on November 7, 2015 when Michelle Chapman of Connecticut College was a freshman. From Mystic, Connecticut, Chapman won both of her novice classes that day (the blue ribbon she holds here was from novice fences). Chapman was one of two Camels to compete at 2019 Zones. Teammate Chloe Williams was fifth individual intermediate over fences while Chapman finished her senior year placing eighth in individual novice flat on April 6th.
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From Madison, Wisconsin, Nora Faye (pictured) was one of two Wesleyan University riders to qualify for Regionals during the 2018-19 season. Faye qualified in the novice flat division.
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Central Connecticut State University also had two riders qualify for Regionals last season. One of the two is Marion Jainchill (pictured), who qualified in intermediate flat.
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Trinity College finished third in the Region 5 team standings last season. Nine Bantams qualified for Regionals in 2018-19. Elinore Todd Long (pictured, holding "Archie") went to Regionals in the novice flat division. Todd Long is abroad this fall but should be entered in some early 2020 Region 5 shows.
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The 2019-20 Sacred Heart University roster has 18 freshmen including Lilly Bove (pictured). From Lexington, Massachusetts, Bove showed in the Lower Medal division at the Pre-Season Tournament of Champions in Storrs, Connecticut on September 21st. 18 riders from 12 different schools flatted in the low medal, with ten invited back to jump. When it was over Bove was seventh in the division. Sacred Heart had two teams entered in the Pre-Season Tournament, with their "Team Red" placing fourth overall with 29 points while "Team White" was technically tenth with 19.
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 Schools competing in Zone 1, Region 5 during the 2019-2020 school year: Central Connecticut State University, Connecticut College, Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, Trinity College (CT), University of Connecticut, University of Hartford, Wesleyan University and Yale University.


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 Winter/Spring 2020 Show Schedule for Zone 1, Region 5:

englishSaturday, February 15 Central Connecticut State University/Sacred Heart University (Co-Hosts) at Silvermine Farm, Norwalk, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, February 22 University of Connecticut (Host) on campus at Horsebarn Hill Arena, Storrs, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, February 29 Connecticut College (Host) at Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry, CT 9:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, March 1 Trinity College (Host) at Folly Farm, Simsbury, CT Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, March 28 Zone 1, Region 5 Regionals at Mystic Valley Hunt Club, Gales Ferry, CT Time TBA

englishSaturday, April 4 ZONE 1 ZONES at the Mount Holyoke College Equestrian Center, South Hadley, MA Time TBA ENGLISH ONLY

englishwesternThursday through Sunday, April 30 - May 3 IHSA NATIONALS at the Exposition Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse, NY Time each day TBA ENGLISH AND WESTERN

Central Connecticut State University, Sacred Heart University and the University of Connecticut compete in Zone 1, Region 3 Western shows. Please visit the Zone 1, Region 3 page for western information on these schools. Show Schedule subject to change.


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Recent Region 5 Team Champions (region created from parts of Zone 1, Region 1 and Zone 2, Region 4 prior to the start of the 2010-11 season and was known as Zone 2, Region 5 2010-14):

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2011 - University of Connecticut
2012 - Sacred Heart University
2013 - University of Connecticut
2014 - Sacred Heart University
2015 - Sacred Heart University
2016 - University of Connecticut
2017 - Sacred Heart University
2018 - Sacred Heart University
2019 - Sacred Heart University

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